CBSE Sample Paper for Class 11 English (Solved) – Set C

English Paper consists of three sections. Section A is Reading, Section B is Writing Skills and Grammar and Section C is Literature Textbooks and Long Reading Texts. Each section is of equal marks i.e. 30 marks. CBSE Sample Paper for Class 11 English and its solutions are strictly based on the CBSE Board latest syllabus and guidelines. Set C of Solved CBSE Sample Paper for Class 11 English is given below with its solutions.

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1. Read the given poem carefully and answer the given questions by choosing the most appropriate option (6 Marks)

Forest fires

Someone dropped a burning match
Unheeded by the way ;
It caught a fire some underbush
Its user did not stay.

From grass to bush, from bush to tree
So stealthily it ran
That no one ever guessed or knew
Just where that fire began

Someone built a campfire
And failed to put it out
A breeze came and quickened
The embers spread about

And soon the woods were blazing
The fire spread and spread
The trees that took long years to grow
Stand blackened now and dead

Some one saw a little fire
As he was passing by
He did not stop to put it out
He did not even try.

He had not started it, of course;
He had no time to spare
That it might start a forest fire
He did not even care.

(a) The fire could have been due to

(i) A burning match

(ii) A campfire

(iii) Fire spread

(iv) An enemy

(b) The fire spread

(i) Stealthily

(ii) Rapidly

(iii) Quickly

(iv) All the above

(c) A passer by did not put out the fire because

(i) He did not see the fire

(ii) He had no time

(iii) He was afraid

(iv) He was careless.

(d) The burning of the forest was

(i) Much required

(ii) An act of carelessness

(iii) Good for trees

(iv) An act of revenge

(e) The word which means the same as ‘careless’ is

(i) Unheeded

(ii) Quickened

(iii) Spare

(iv) Underbush

(f) The forest fire destroyed the

(i) Tree

(ii) Wild animals

(iii) Birds

(iv) Underbush

1.2. Answer the following questions : (1 x 6 = Marks)

(i) What happened when someone had dropped a burning match ?

(ii) Why could no one guess where the fire began ?

(iii) What according to the poet could have been the other reason of fire ?

(iv) Why did not the passerby try to put out the fire.

(v) What was the condition of the trees ?

(vi) What character of a passerby is brought out in these lines ?

2. Read the given passage and answer the question that follow (8 Marks)

1. It has been said that everyone lives by selling something. In the light of this statement, teachers live by selling knowledge, philosophers by selling wisdom and priests by selling spiritual comfort. Though it may be possible to measure the value of material goods in terms of money, it is extremely difficult to estimate the true value of the services which people perform for us. There are times when we would willingly give everything we possess to save our lives, yet we might grudge paying a surgeon a high fee for offering us precisely his service. The conditions of society are such that skills have to be paid for in the same way that goods are paid for at a shop. Everyone has something to sell.

2. Tramps seem to be the only exception to this general rule. Beggars almost sell themselves as human beings to arouse the pity of passers-by. But real tramps are not beggars. They have nothing to sell and require nothing from others. In seeking independence, they do not sacrifice their Inunan dignity. A tramp may ask you for money, but he will never ask you to feel sorry for him. He has deliberately chosen to lead the life he leads and is fully aware of the consequences. He may never be sure where the next meal is coming from, but he is free from the thousands of anxieties which afflict other people. His few material possessions make it possible for him to move from place to place with ease. By having to sleep in the open, he gets far closer to the world of nature than most of us ever do. He may hunt, beg, or steal occasionally to keep himself alive; he may even, in times of real need, do a little work ; but he will never sacrifice his freedom. We often speak with contempt for tramps and put them in the same class as beggars, but how many of us can honestly say that we have not felt a little envious of their simple way of life and their freedom from care ?

(a) On the basis of your reading of the passage make suitable notes, using abbreviations wherever necessary. (5 Marks)

(b) Answer the following questions by choosing the most appropriate options : (1 x 3 = 3 Marks)

(a) The synonym of intelligence is

(i) Comfort

(ii) Grudge

(iii) Wisdom

(iv) Tramp

(b) The word which means ‘outcome’ or ‘result’ is

(i) Possess

(ii) Spiritual

(iii) Consequence

(iv) Freedom

(c) The synonym of ‘jealous’ is

(i) Envious

(ii) Knowledge

(iii) Pity

(iv) Sacrifice


3. Draft an advertisement to be inserted in the classified column of the local daily for the requirement of a land for purchase in an industrial area of Agra to set up a shoe factory. You are Niket. Invent necessary details. (4 Marks)


You are Abhi the head boy of Sun International School, Bareilley. Put the notice for the school notice board inviting the council members for the meeting with the Principal and Discipline Committee of the school. Invent necessary details.

4. Write a letter to the Principal of the school requesting him to start the evening games in school. You are Rajat, the sports captain of St, Mark’s School, Gurgaon. (6 Marks)


You came across an advertisement for the post of a receptionist in P.S. Public School and you have an experience and training for the same and find yourself suitable. As Akriti apply for the same along with a complete resume.

5. Tourism industry is the most flourishing industry today. Write an article on how and why to promote it. (10 Marks)


Recently you happened to visit the glass factories of Firozabad and saw the miserable condition of workers and specially children working there. As Chetan/Chetna, the reporter of ‘The Tribune’ write a report on the same.


6. Fill in the blanks with Little, a little, The little, few, A few, The few, as required. (4 Marks)

(a) …………… friends he had left him.

(b) …………….. care could have prevented the accident.

(c) ……………… day’s rest is all that is needed.

(d) Tell me the purpose of your visit in ………………. words.

7. In the passage given below, one word has been omitted in each line. Write the missing word along with the word that comes before and the word that comes after it in your answer sheet against the correct blank number. Ensure that the word that forms your answer is underlined. (1/2 x 6 = 3 Marks)

It was not new emotion. Doubt was my e.g. not a new
oldest enemy. I know well. Yet I (a)
had never expected it to come way, to (b)
arrive so suddenly, There was feelings (c)
that I would be free from it. But (d)
was not so. More I tried, the more I (e)
felt confused. But way had to be found at any cost. (f)

8. Look at the sentences given below in a disorderly form. Re-order (Rearrange) them to form meaningful sentences x 3 = 3 Marks)

(a) youihave/how/much/expeiience/got?

(b) It a little/brought/apple juice/market/from/the

(c) completely /being/deaf/can’t/anything/he/hear.


9. Read the extract given below and answer the questions by choosing the most appropriate options : (1 x 3 = 3 Marks)

And who art thou ? said I to the soft-falling shower,

Which, strange to tell, gave me an answer.

and here translated

I am the poem of the earth, said the voice of the rain.

(a) The two persons in conversations are

(i) Poem and poet

(ii) Poet and rain

(iii) Rain and poem

(iv) None of the above.

(b) What is ‘Strange to tell’ ?

(i) The answer given by rain

(ii) The rain giving an answer

(iii) The rain replying

(iv) Both (ii) & (iii)

(c) The word ‘IP refers to .

(i) Earth

(ii) Poet

(iii) Rain

(iv) Shower


The cardboard shows me how it was

When the two girl cousins were paddling Each are holding one of my mothers hands, And she the big girl some twelve years or so

(a) ‘The cardboard’ denotes a

(i) Boat

(ii) Photograph

(iii) Picture

(iv) None of the above

(b) What can be seen on the cardboard ?

(i) Three girls

(ii) Two girls and their uncle

(iii) A big girl

(iv) Poet’s mother

(c) Who were the other two girls ?

(i) Poet’s mother and her cousin

(ii) Betty and Dolly (the two cousins)

(iii) Betty and poet’s mother

(iv) Dolly and poet’s mother

10. Answer only three of the following questions : (3 x 3 = 3 Marsk)

(i) Give the brief description of the narrator’s boat ? How well had he equipped it ?

(ii) Explain the statement, “King Tut is one of the first memories to be scanned in death as in life

(iii) Describe narrator’s first ride on the horse.

(iv) What plan did Albert Einstein make to avoid going to school ?

11. Answer the following quesitons in about 150 words. (6 Marks)

For the first time in human history, we see transcending Concern “The survival not of the people but of the planet.” Elucidate.


Draw a contrast of the life the narrator’s grandmother spent in the village with the kind of life she led in the city.

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12. Answer the following questions in about 150 words. (6 Marks)

Who was Yuri ? How did he help Albert in getting rid of the school ?


There lies a great difference between Text book medicine and the world of practicing physician. Discuss in context to The Birth.’

13. Attempt either section A or B.

Answer the following questions in about 150 words. (6 Marks)

(a) Why did Booker not make a favourable impression on the head teacher ? To admit him in thf school she gave him an order. What was it ? How did he implement it ?


Describe General Armstrong’s role in Booker’s life.

(b) Sketch the character of the twins.


Why did Virginia agree to help the Canterville ghost despite risks to her life ?

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